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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Some creativity is needed on Michel Therrien’s part with #1 centre out

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Here are your daily links, including a need for some felxibility from the head coach, Alexander Radulov among the top 10 2017 unrestricted free agents, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • In Alex Galchenyuk's absence, it's up to head coach Michel Therrien to get creative with his lines, and he's definitely not without options for short-term solutions. [TSN690]
  • After sustaining an injury, Michael McCarron’s recovery is nearly complete, and he took to the ice to lead a drill for his team:
  • With a one-year deal from the Canadiens this past July, Alexander Radulov now finds himself among the top 10 pending unrestricted free agents of 2017. [Sportsnet]
  • Carey Price and Shea Weber are among the leaders of the Atlantic Division in fan votes for the 2017 All-Star Game:
  • The St. John’s IceCaps made their way down to the Janeway Children’s hospital to spread a little holiday cheer:
  • Thought Les Canadiennes have only been around for a couple years? Think again. [Twitter]
  • Their record this season hasn't been fantastic, but the IceCaps’ overtime numbers are something to be proud of. [The Telegram]
  • Twenty-one years have gone by, but Montreal Canadiens fans haven't forgotten:
  • Want to see the IceCaps on home ice? Bring five or more non-perishable food items to Mile One Centre and receive two tickets for Friday night’s game. [SJIC]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • An annual minor league tradition during the holidays, the Hershey Bears’ Teddy Bear Toss took the help of a village this time around. [NHL]
  • On the fence about attending the IIHF Worlds in France? This video might help swing your vote.
  • After an unimpressive World Cup showing and a 2-4 record to start the season, head coach John Tortorella seemed to be coaching on borrowed time. But with the Blue Jackets now in the playoff race, is he the dark horse for this year's Jack Adams Award? [Sportsnet]
  • Robert Bortuzzo has been placed on the IR list for the Blues after sustaining a lower-body injury against and is expected to miss at least six weeks. [NHL]
  • Interested in what “color rushed” NHL uniforms might look like? I have to admit — some of these are pretty sharp. [Fox Sports]
  • Former Canadiens’ coach Jacques Demers immortalized at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Mon ami Jacques, immortalisé au Scottrade Center de St-Louis!

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